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University of Artificial Intelligence launched in Abu Dhabi

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Abu Dhabi: Taking another bold step in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), Abu Dhabi on Wednesday announced the opening of the world's first dedicated AI university – Mohammad Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). Located in Masdar City with the latest state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the university will offer both masters (two years) and PhD programmes (four years) for local and international graduate students across three main specialised fields – machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing – as the UAE looks to equip the next generation of students with the latest expertise in the field of AI. Official applications for the university are open from this month, with registrations taking place in August of next year. The first batch of classes will start in September 2020. How are we going to produce the right number of people with the right mindset [and] the right knowledge ... That is what this university is about -- providing that person power over 5 to 10 to 20 years.


Abu Dhabi launches world's first university of artificial intelligence

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Abu Dhabi on Wednesday announced the establishment of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI), the first graduate level, research-based AI university in the world. MBZUAI will enable graduate students, businesses, and governments to advance artificial intelligence, a statement said. The University is named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has long advocated for the UAE's development of human capital through knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into the future, it added. MBZUAI will provide all admitted students with a full scholarship, plus benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance, and accommodation. The university will also work with leading local and global companies to secure internships, and will also assist students in finding employment opportunities.


U of T, Vector Institute woo rising stars in machine learning field

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The University of Toronto and the affiliated Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence have announced the recruitment of two rising stars in machine learning research as part of a continued drive to assemble the best AI talent in the world. Chris Maddison and Jakob Foerster will both come to U of T having completed their doctoral research at the University of Oxford. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in computer science at U of T – the latter under the supervision of University Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hinton. A senior research scientist at Google-owned AI firm DeepMind, Maddison will join U of T's departments of computer science and statistical sciences in the Faculty of Arts & Science as an assistant professor next summer. Foerster, a research scientist at Facebook AI Research, will start as an assistant professor in the department of computer and mathematical sciences at U of T Scarborough in fall of 2020.


World's First Artificial Intelligence University Inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

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The UAE has set up an artificial intelligence university, claimed to be the first in the world, in Abu Dhabi. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) was inaugurated on October 17 and it offers courses for undergraduate students. It is also accepting applications for its first masters and PhD programmes this month, with classes scheduled to begin on September 20 next year. All admitted students will be given full scholarship plus benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance and accommodation. "AI is already changing the world, but we can achieve so much more if we allow the limitless imagination of the human mind to fully explore it. The university will bring the discipline of AI into the forefront, moulding and empowering creative pioneers who can lead us to a new AI-empowered era," said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, who has been appointed Chair of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees and is spearheading the university's establishment.


Who will speak at Data Day Texas 2020

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Take advantage of our discount rooms at the conference hotel. We are beginning to announce speakers for 2020. Want to join us as a speaker? Check out our proposals page. Jesse Anderson is a data engineer, creative engineer, and managing director of the Big Data Institute. He works with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies on Big Data. This includes training on cutting edge technologies like Apache Kafka, Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark. He has taught over 30,000 people the skills to become data engineers.


Abu Dhabi unveils world's first Artificial Intelligence university

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ABU DHABI -- The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced the launch of the world's first university dedicated to artificial intelligence, in a bid to stay ahead of the disruptive technologies and diversify its economy from the reliance on oil. Named after the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto leader of the UAE who has long championed science and technology development in UAE, Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) will offer academic post-graduate (MSc and PhD) courses in three key fields of AI – computer vision, machine learning and natural language processing – with access to some of the world's most advanced AI systems to unleash its full potentials. All graduate-level students admitted to the school will be eligible for a full scholarship along with several benefits such as a monthly allowance, accommodation arrangements and health insurance. The first class of graduate students is scheduled to start coursework at MBZUAI campus in Masdar City, a new urban area in Abu Dhabi, in September 2020. "MBZUAI aligns with the vision of the UAE leadership that is based on sustainable development, progress and the overall well-being of humanity and underpinned by capacity-building and active participation in finding practical solutions based on innovation and state-of-the-art technology," said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, who also served as Chair of the university's Board of Trustees, at the press conference in Abu Dhabi.


World's first AI University to open in UAE TahawulTech.com

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Abu Dhabi has announced the establishment of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). Located in Masdar City, MBZUAI is a new graduate-level AI research institution that will enable graduate students, businesses, and governments to advance the artificial intelligence field. The University is named after Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has long advocated for the UAE's development of human capital through knowledge and scientific thinking to take the nation into the future. The AI University will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI, providing students and faculty access to some of the world's most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development. It will offer Master of Science, MSc, and PhD level programmes in key areas of AI – Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing – while also engaging policymakers and businesses around the world so that AI is harnessed responsibly as a force for positive transformation.


Zach Pardos is Using Machine Learning to Broaden Pathways from Community College

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UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Zachary Pardos and his team have developed a machine learning approach that promises to help more community college students position themselves to transfer and succeed at four-year colleges and universities. Along the way, they've discovered that considering course enrollment patterns -- or the classes that students take before, along with, and after a particular course -- can help provide a more complete picture of what courses should "count" when students transfer. Roughly 80% of community college students aim to continue their education at four-year institutions, but the vast majority never make the transfer. Contributing to the problem are the complexities of "articulation," or determining which course at one institution will count for credit at another. This entails assessing the similarity of thousands, or potentially even millions, of pairs of courses, an endeavor that's impossible to comprehensively achieve and keep current across all institutions manually.


The Implant That Can Control Your Brain - Issue 77: Underworlds 

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Shaun Patel has such a tranquil voice that it's easy to see how he convinces patients to let him experiment in the depth of their brains. On the phone, in his office at Massachusetts General Hospital (he is also on faculty at Harvard Medical School), the neuroscientist spoke about gray matter almost as if he were guiding me in meditation. Or perhaps that was just the heady effect of him detailing a paper he had just published in Brain, showing how, using implants on his patients, he could enhance learning by stimulating the caudate nucleus, which lies near the center of the brain.1 You have to time the electric pulse just right, he told me, based on the activity of certain neurons firing during an active learning phase of a game. A perfectly timed pulse could speed up how quickly his patients made the right associations.


World's First Artificial Intelligence University Inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

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The UAE has set up an artificial intelligence university, claimed to be the first in the world, in Abu Dhabi. The Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) was inaugurated on October 17 and it offers courses for undergraduate students. It is also accepting applications for its first masters and PhD programmes this month, with classes scheduled to begin on September 20 next year. All admitted students will be given full scholarship plus benefits such as a monthly allowance, health insurance and accommodation. "AI is already changing the world, but we can achieve so much more if we allow the limitless imagination of the human mind to fully explore it. The university will bring the discipline of AI into the forefront, moulding and empowering creative pioneers who can lead us to a new AI-empowered era," said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, who has been appointed Chair of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees and is spearheading the university's establishment.